China executes eight for 'terrorist' attacks in Xinjiang

Aug 24, 2014

China executes eight for 'terrorist' attacks in Xinjiang

China has executed eight people for “terrorist” attacks in its restive far western region of Xinjiang, including three who “masterminded” a dramatic car crash in the capital’s Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media said. Xinjiang is the traditional home of Muslim Uighurs who speak ...

Aug 22, 2014

California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty

California’s attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state’s death penalty unconstitutional. The announcement by Attorney General Kamala Harris came after U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney ruled last month that the state’s death penalty takes too long ...

Aug 19, 2014

Saudi Arabia executes four for hashish smuggling

Saudi Arabia executed four people from the same family Monday for attempting to smuggle “large quantities” of hashish into the kingdom, officials and a rights group said. The Interior Ministry said they were executed in southern Najran province near Yemen after they were found ...

Aug 11, 2014

Lawmaker group seeking end to death penalty to resume activities

A Diet members’ group formed to end the death penalty plans to resume operations as early as next month after suspending its activities following the 2012 election, sources said Monday. The group headed by Shizuka Kamei, 77, an independent in the Lower House, wants ...

McCain: botched execution 'torture'

Jul 26, 2014

McCain: botched execution 'torture'

U.S. Sen. John McCain says he believes the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture. The Republican who represents the conservative state told Politico that he supports capital punishment for certain crimes but felt Wednesday’s execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood ...

Jul 25, 2014

Japanese man executed in China over drug smuggling

China has executed a Japanese man in his 50s who had been sentenced to death in connection with stimulant drug smuggling. In Tokyo, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said China notified Japan that the execution took place Friday morning. The man was sentenced to death ...

Jul 21, 2014

Taiwan student facing firing squad over subway massacre

Taiwanese prosecutors on Monday said they were seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing four people and wounding nearly two dozen others in a stabbing spree on the Taipei subway. Cheng Chieh, a 21-year-old college student, was charged with four accounts ...

Jul 18, 2014

Tanigaki vows internship revamp, foreign-friendly policies

by Tomohiro Osaki

Addressing the foreign press, Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki on Thursday reaffirmed his commitment to revamping the foreign trainee program, which critics say is rife with human rights violations. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Tanigaki trumpeted a range of initiatives Japan is ...